DIY Mineral Makeup: Foundation & Tinted Moisturizer

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty feat

DIY Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

In the 5 years Poor & Pretty has been around, I’ve shared a lot of DIY hair & beauty tutorials, but I’ve shied away from makeup. Homemade makeup seemed more than a little daunting and I never used to wear much of it anyway. Lately, I’ve been wearing more makeup which naturally meant I had to learn to make my own. Enter Bramble Berry’s Mineral Makeup Foundation Kit.

Bramble Berry Mineral Makeup Kit

It’s got everything you need to make three jars of natural mineral foundation (about 4oz total), plus have leftovers for experimenting with eye shadows, bronzers, and blushes. It also comes with an instruction booklet (much needed for newbies like me!) and a super soft kabuki brush. And it’s only $40! I bet you spend more than that on your favorite store bought foundation, right? I used to!

Sami with and without makeup via @poorandpretty

Here’s a little before & after for you. The photo on the left is of my face freshly cleansed and moisturized. On the right, I’m wearing my tinted moisturizer and mineral foundation, as well as blush, eyeshadow, and lip gloss that are not homemade. (But don’t worry, I’ll be tackling those too in the next few months!) As you can see, the mineral foundation doesn’t change the color of my skin, but rather evens out my skintone and offers light coverage. It isn’t caky or flaky.

Making more mineral foundation via @poorandpretty

I will tell you: it takes a lot of patience and trial and error to find the right mix of micas, oxides, and clays that make up your perfect match. I finally found mine on the 10th batch! But it was totally worth the few hours I put into it because now I have a go-to mineral foundation that I can make at home and not have to worry about whether or not it’s got hidden toxins in it.

Making mineral foundation via @poorandpretty

The instruction booklet has basic recipes to give you a starting point, but it really is all about throwing things together, trying it on, and seeing if it works.

A few tips:

  • Have makeup remover wipes handy!
  • Keep your routine consistent for each trial. Because my skin runs on the drier side (especially after this winter), I applied moisturizer before every application, otherwise I knew the mineral makeup would be way too dry and flaky.
  • If you’re working near a porcelain sink (or maybe rinsing tools off in one), keep a bathroom cleaning spray handy. Micas and oxides tend to run wild and will stain if you don’t clean them up properly. I use Method’s Tub + Tile Cleaner.

Bramble Berry Mineral Makeup Guide

The back of the instruction book has a section to record your recipes, so be sure to take good notes while you’re mixing up batches. If a batch is too light, dark, or doesn’t offer enough coverage, write it down!

DIY Mineral Foundation via @poorandpretty

My Perfect Combination Mineral Foundation (that’s fun to say!) was this:

  • 1 tsp Sericite Mica
  • ¼ tsp Titanium Dioxide
  • ¼ tsp Kaolin
  • ¼ tsp Tapioca Flour
  • ½ mini scoop Yellow Mica – not included in the kit, but can also be purchased from Bramble Berry here.
  • ½ mini scoop Brown Oxide
  • 2 ½ mini scoops Honeyed Beige Mica

Making tinted moisturizer via @poorandpretty

I also had some of Bramble Berry’s Aloe Lotion Base on-hand, so I decided to give making a tinted moisturizer a try. The result looks very dark, but actually offers very little coverage. I wouldn’t use it on its own, but it does make a nice foundation for layering on the mineral makeup.

Tinted Moisturizer:

  • 1 4 oz jar
  • 4 oz Aloe Lotion Base
  • ¼ tsp Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil – a beautiful and uplifting sweet, citrusy scent that also treats acne!
  • 5 mini scoops Honeyed Beige Mica
  • 1 mini scoop Brown Oxide
  • 1 mini scoop Yellow Mica

DIY Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty feat

Mixing the micas and oxides into the lotion was a little challenging, but I found it worked best if I mixed them into the Litsea Cubeba essential oil first, then into the lotion. Combine these with an immersion blender if you have one, or by hand if you don’t.

Homemade Mineral Foundation + Tinted Moisturizer via @poorandpretty

If you are interested in making your own mineral foundations, eyeshadows, and blushes, I highly recommend picking up Bramble Berry’s Mineral Makeup Foundation Kit. It’s perfect for beginners and has very clear, easy-to-follow instructions. I will definitely be using this kit in the near future to make blushes and eye shadows, so stay tuned!

Disclosure: I was provided many of the supplies shown in this post by Bramble Berry, because I totally love them and they love me too! This doesn’t change how I feel about the mineral makeup kit, which is awesome. This post also contains affiliate links which may generate a revenue for Poor & Pretty when a purchase is made. You can read more about my affiliate link policies here.

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DIY Homemade No-Cook Play Dough

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DIY Play Dough via @poorandpretty

Apparently, today is National Play-Doh Day. Really, who makes up these holidays? Oh, right, companies do – so they can squeeze more money out of us jamokes! Not this year, my fellow frugalistas! I’m going to teach you how to make your very own play dough.

DIY Play Dough trio via @poorandpretty

I haven’t made this since I was in elementary school. I have fond memories of mixing this up in the kitchen with my Nana, and playing with food coloring to make different shades. Even though she told me not to eat it, I would always sample a little bit. It was disgusting. Please don’t eat it. It’s not at all like licking the brownie batter bowl.

DIY Play Dough ingredients via @poorandpretty

This is a very simple recipe that requires no cooking, so you can easily make it with kiddos!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  • less than ½ cup salt (⅓ cup is too little. I use a ½ cup measuring cup and don’t fill it all the way)
  • food coloring

DIY Play Dough kneaded via @poorandpretty

1. Mix the flour and salt together, then add the water and blend until you reach a doughy consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. Too crumbly? Add more water.

DIY Play Dough rolled via @poorandpretty

2. Split the dough into three equal-sized balls and decide which colors you’d like each to be.

DIY Play Dough food coloring via @poorandpretty

3. Add food coloring to your first dough ball and knead, knead, knead.

DIY Play Dough lime green via @poorandpretty

4. Keep kneading! Getting the color to blend in well is the hardest part. When you’re happy with your color, wash your hands to remove the food coloring, and repeat step 3 for your other two dough balls.

DIY Play Dough marble blue via @poorandpretty

I made lime green, pink, and this cool marble-blue color. I could have kept kneading it, but I really like the marbled look!

DIY Play Dough in storage via @poorandpretty

That’s really it! You can fancy it up with a little veggie oil to make it a bit more glossy and moist. Or try it with Jell-O to make it scented (there’s a good recipe for that here). Store them in airtight containers and they’ll keep for a few days, possibly even weeks. As a kid, mine never lasted more than a day because I would build something with it and leave it out to dry. :)

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DIY Teacup Candles

DIY Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Now that Jordan’s wedding shower is over, I can finally share these! She wanted a tea party theme, so I bought a few mis-matched vintage teacups from Goodwill and Savers and made these candles to use as centerpieces.

poured mica gold teacup candles via @poorandpretty

Just follow the instructions for my mason jar soy wax candles and use teacups instead! For four teacups of various sizes, I used about 5 cups of soy wax (measured prior to melting), 3-4 tbs of fragrance oil, and 2-3 dye chips.

poured mica gold teacup candles closeup via @poorandpretty

I was shooting for a golden color with the above candles; I used a pretty gold mica to create the glittery swirls…

Finished teacup candles via @poorandpretty

…But as you can see they turned out to be much more cream-colored. Candles are much harder to dye than soap!

Teacup candles via @poorandpretty

They did turn out to be beautiful centerpieces though. I paired them with a few sprigs of lavender or butterfly bush that grows outside of our building at work, and tied them up with ribbon.

vintage doilies and handkerchiefs

Rachel gave me some vintage doilies and handkerchiefs, which really added to the decor. Here are a few shots from the shower:

Wedding shower gold teacup candle via @poorandpretty

Though parts of the room were darkly lit, you can see a bit more of the shimmer in this photo.

Wedding shower purple teacup candle via @poorandpretty

This was supposed to be a bit more purple, but I actually like this color better!

DIY heart tag teabags via @poorandpretty

Of course, it ain’t a real tea party without tea! The other bridesmaids and I got together for a craft night to make these homemade tea bags, using a tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. It was a lot more work than we thought it would be, but they came out so cute and Jordan (and the guests!) loved them, so it was worth it. ♥

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25 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

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Someone at the weird holidays department in the U.S. government (where I would totally work if it existed) has declared that the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, which falls on this coming Sunday. So here are 25 ways you can celebrate this weekend by making any of these delicious homemade ice creams!

strawberry angel food cake ice cream via A Beautiful Mess

1. Strawberries + Angel Food Ice Cream via A Beautiful Mess.

Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

2. Bacon Maple Ale Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

rocky road ice cream recipe

3. Rocky Road Ice Cream via Create Celebrate Explore.

matcha green tea ice cream via @poorandpretty

4. Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream via Poor & Pretty.

No churn blueberry and lavender ice cream via twigg studios

5. No Churn Blueberry and Lavender Ice Cream via Twigg Studios — no ice cream maker required!

salted caramel ice cream via brown eyed baker

6. Salted Caramel Ice Cream via Brown Eyed Baker.

red velvet ice cream via Tracey's Culinary Adventures

7. Red Velvet Ice Cream with Cream Cheese Swirl via Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

Lemon Curd Ice Cream via Food Babbles

8. Lemon Curd Ice Cream with Lavender Whipped Cream via Food Babbles.

cake batter ice cream via Baked by Rachel

9. Cake Batter Funfetti Ice Cream via Baked By Rachel.

vegan strawberry ice cream via David Lebovitz

10. Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream via David Lebovitz.

cookie butter ice cream via sarah hearts

11. Cookie Butter Ice Cream via Sarah Hearts.

Toasted-Smore-Chocolate-Fudge-Ice-Cream-Half-Baked-Harvest

12. Toasted S’more Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream via Half Baked Harvest.

butterbeer ice cream via sweet silly chic

13. Butterbeer Ice Cream via Sweet Silly Chic.

mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream

14. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via Cooking Classy.

orange cream snow ice cream via Handmade Charlotte

15. Orange Dream Snow Cream via Handmade Charlotte.

strawberry coconut ice cream via Pastry Affair

16. Roasted Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Delche de Leche ice cream via Smitten Kitchen

17. Dulche de Leche Ice Cream via smitten kitchen.

key lime pie ice cream via dessert now dinner later

18. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream via Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry

19. Roasted Pineapple Coconut Ice Cream via Poet in the Pantry.

chai latte ice cream via sugar & cloth

20. Chai Latte Ice Cream via Sugar & Cloth.

oatmeal cookie chunk ice cream via dinner or dessert

21. Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream via Dinner or Dessert.

blood orange ice cream via view from great island

22. Blood Orange Ice Cream via The View From Great Island.

Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair

23. Chocolate Salted Almond Ice Cream via Pastry Affair.

Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore

24. Caramel Apple Ice Cream via Boulder Locavore.

ice cream cupcakes via sugar & cloth

25. Ice Cream Cupcakes with Chocolate Liners via Sugar + Cloth.

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10 Last-Minute Handmade Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday — did you get your mom something? If you forgot, don’t panic! Here are a few fun last-minute gifts you can make her this weekend:

10 Last Minute Handmade Gifts for Mom via @poorandpretty

1. DIY Fabric Photo Frames via Wonder Forest. 2. Floral Découpage Bottles via Daily Fix. 3. Mother’s Day Tote via Sew DIY. 4. Polka Dot & Leather Fold Over Clutch via Polka Dot Chair. 5. DIY Stencil Pillow via Wit & Whistle. 6. Wire Love / Name Bracelet via SwellMayde. 7. DIY Mason Jar Soy Wax Candles via Poor & Pretty. 8. Comforting Eye Mask via Wild Olive. 9. Tub Tea via Garden Therapy. 10. Vanilla Coconut Sugar Scrub via Poor & Pretty.

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